Shahi Snan started with Shri Panchayati Mahanirvani Akhada sadhus taking holy dip at Sanganm. Mahanirvani Akhada sadhus are first who takes bath in kumbh mela. Their bathing time start from around 6:00 AM. Every Akhada has allotted 40 minutes time. All sadhus from each akahda must finish their bath (snan ) in this time period.
After shahi snan of one akhada the revier bank (ghat) is cleaned for bathing for next akhada. Shahi Snan will continue till evening.
Makar Sankarnti Shahi Snan
The time from sunrise to sunset on Makar-Sankranti is very auspicious. A Holy bath during this period carries special significance. Those who take a holy bath in the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri acquire pious credits .